Smart Approach Blog

Welcome to Guidewire’s blog for property/casualty insurance. Here we'll share our experiences and lessons learned from more than 300 implementation projects. We'll also offer our point of view on industry trends and advice to help you adapt and succeed on your journey of continuous improvement.

As the new year gets into its stride, I can see the insurance industry heading in some exciting directions. The starting point is how the past year has witnessed InsurTech and Data Analytics make big inroads. However, the year ahead will be about how those ideas and blueprints are turned into more concrete outcomes for insurers. Data listening monetises managing 21st Century risks ... Read More >
65% of the 18-29 age bracket do not have life insurance policies. Princeton survey, 2017    Now, there are many reasons for this, such as low income, not being married, and not having children, but the question remains: how does a carrier effectively target this younger market?  Read below to learn more about Quilt Insurance and the enterprising way they are providing life insurance quotes. Who?... Read More >
The movie Blade Runner (and the novel it is based on, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) depicts a future world where artificial intelligence is taking over. It is a striking dystopia where robots – the replicants – have more humanity than their human masters. Reimagining the future of insurance can get a little bleak too. Insurers might be concerned about InsurTech’s rise and its challenge to both the old ways of doing insurance, and even the need for insurers at all.... Read More >
Filmmakers and dystopian sci-fi novelists have long predicted a future where robots take control and humans are relegated to a servant class – or worse. This thought was in the back of my mind as I joined 20 Guidewire engineers and architects in an “Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML) Workshop” led by Amazon Web Services.... Read More >
Eyes on anything. Anytime. Anywhere. So you can know what’s true. Anyone who is a parent of a teenager, pre-teen, kindergartener, etc., or just a parent in general, will instantly relate to WeGoLook’s tag line. Read on to learn about how, as a carrier, you can also have eyes on any risk at any time.   Who... Read More >
Things Consumers Would Give Up To Use Messaging ... Read More >
Understanding why Superman can fly and run faster than a speeding locomotive is something many European insurers might want to consider. As every comic hero fan knows, Superman had superpowers on Earth because his physique was optimized for living on Krypton, a world with much more extreme environmental conditions.... Read More >
Historians use eras to help map out the big gearshifts in economic and social change in retrospect. For the people who lived during those periods, well-known historical terms like the Middle Ages would have been unknown. For example, a medieval peasant knew they were a peasant but not that they were a medieval peasant.  Medieval was a term first coined in 1604, more than a hundred years after the Middle Ages are said to have ended.... Read More >
IT dollars are scarce in the insurance industry; the IT spend is closely scrutinized and a strong business case is necessary to secure those funds. For this reason, developing a good business case for a Guidewire upgrade project is the first step in getting approval for funding.... Read More >
While actuarial science has been leveraged for decades in insurance pricing, the industry stands to benefit greatly by both expanding the methods being used, and extending those methods to claims operations and underwriting. For example, predictive modelling can help with early identification of people whose injuries are likely to become more severe so that proactive action can be taken. However, using predictive analytics effectively across an entire business can be complicated.... Read More >

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